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  • Kids in need edged out in Head Start program in the U.S. Virgin Islands

    Some of the neediest children in the U.S. Virgin Islands are not being put at the top of the list to qualify for the territory's Head Start program, a new report said.

  • **FILE** President Obama waves before his departure on Air Force One from Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby, Conn., on March 5, 2014. Obama, who was heading to Boston, was in Connecticut to talk about increasing the federal minimum wage. (Associated Press)

    Obamas, Bidens jetting off to warm resorts for mini-vacations

    The White House defended President Obama's decision Friday to spend the weekend on vacation in an ultra-exclusive resort in the Florida Keys while the economy remains weak and the showdown with Russia over Ukraine demands his attention.

  • USVI defends handling of New Jersey man's killing

    Police in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Wednesday defended their handling of an unsolved slaying of a New Jersey native who was fatally stabbed more than three weeks ago during an apparent burglary.

  • A West Indian Company employee removes a yellow caution barricade tape from around the Royal Caribbean International's Explorer of the Seas crusie ship, docked at Charlotte Amalie Harbor in St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. U.S. health officials have boarded the cruise ship to investigate an illness outbreak that has stricken at least 300 people with gastrointestinal symptoms including vomiting and diarrhea. (AP Photo/Thomas Layer)

    Caribbean cruise ended after outbreak of illness

    The Royal Caribbean cruise line on Sunday ended a ship's 10-day trip in the Caribbean early after hundreds of passengers and crew members were sickened with a gastrointestinal illness.

  • Preview: Maryland faces Marist in Paradise Jam

    After a slow 1-2 start, Maryland heads to the Virgin Islands for three games in four days in hopes of getting back on track. Friday they meet Marist.

  • Did Peters win starting point guard job for Maryland?

    Roddy Peters was poised and confident, despite losing to Oregon State. Was it enough to earn him the starting point guard job in the Virgin Islands?

  • The most egregious examples of government waste, fraud or abuse.

    During chilly November, feds jet off to Caribbean resort at taxpayer expense

    A group of federal officials skipped chilly Washington this month for a taxpayer-funded trip to the Virgin Islands in the name of protecting the world's coral reef.

  • Endangered sea turtle rehabs in Fla. Keys

    A veterinarian says that an egg-laden hawksbill sea turtle, airlifted from the U.S. Virgin Islands to the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital is in extremely guarded condition.

  • US drawn with Jamaica in 2014 World Cup qualifying

    The 2014 World Cup has officially begun, with the United States being drawn with Jamaica in qualifying for the North, Central America and Caribbean region for the tournament in Brazil.

  • Fair competition in the rum trade

    The Jan. 20 editorial "Rum and smoke" (Comment & Analysis) missed the mark about what is at stake due to unprecedented deals by the U.S. Virgin Islands to excessively subsidize rum companies with federal dollars intended by Congress to provide public services in the territory. Left unchecked, billions of U.S. tax dollars will be diverted to multibillion-dollar conglomerates at the expense of public budgets and fair competition will be destroyed for an entire industry.

  • Gov. John Percy deJongh Jr.

    EDITORIAL: Rum and smoke

    Another freezing winter has many Washingtonians daydreaming about heading south to put their toes in the sand and a drink in their hand. All is not paradise in paradise these days, however, and even a refreshing Bahama Breeze cannot be had without a hurricane of controversy. That's because one of that cocktail's main ingredients is rum, and there is an ongoing rum war being fought between Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

  • Puerto Rican rum row is un-American

    The U.S. Virgin Islands is implementing public-private partnerships that benefit our territory and the United States. In the middle of a recession, the territory's leaders should be commended for keeping companies in America, generating significant direct and indirect economic activity, preventing thousands of government layoffs and funding construction of roads and other necessary infrastructure improvements. Yet Naomi Lopez Bauman is attacking our leaders ("Drunk on corporate welfare," Opinion, Sept. 20) as part of a Puerto Rican smear campaign rather than addressing Puerto Rico's own crushing economic problems.

  • Associated Press
Rep. Pete Sessions, Texas Republican, decried Democratic "payback" in connection with the Virgin Islands park bill vote.

    Virgin Islands park bill advances

    Hours before President Obama urged members of Congress to show spending restraint Wednesday, the House voted to authorize spending as much as $50 million to create a national historic site in the U.S. Virgin Islands on beachfront land the National Park Service isn't yet sure it wants.

  • **FILE** Rep. Rob Bishop (Associated Press)

    Virgin Islands land eyed for historic site

    The National Park Service hasn't yet decided whether it wants beachfront land in the U.S. Virgin Islands for a new national historic site, but House Democrats for the second time in two weeks will try to push the Park Service to do it, at a potential eventual cost in the tens of millions of dollars.

  • *FILE* U.S. dollars. April 5, 2009

    States in need not first in line for stimulus

    President Obama's stimulus bill was supposed to spend money to create jobs, but four of the top 10 recipients of per capita grant aid to date have the lowest unemployment rates in the country and nearly all are below the national average.

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